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The Clarion- International Multidisciplinary Journal
Year : 2017, Volume : 6, Issue : 2
First page : ( 47) Last page : ( 52)
Print ISSN : 2277-1697. Online ISSN : 2277-937X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2277-937X.2017.00027.2

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's ‘‘Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter”: Understanding the Indian Diaspora Women in America.

Bora Jonali Chowdhury*

Department of English, K.R.B. Girls’ College, Guwahati, India

*Corresponding author: jonali_c_bora@yahoo.co.in

Online published on 21 September, 2017.


This paper is a study of a first generation diaspora woman character named Mrs. Prameela Dutta, who leaves her native land Calcutta, India and immigrates to USA, to be with her son Sagar and his family. Though the diaspora subject Mrs. Dutta looks forward to a life with her son and his family in the US, once in the United States of America, she finds that she is ill-prepared for life there and consequently undergoes many trials and tribulations. The immigrant character displays the diaspora sensibilities of feeling alienated, of experiencing a sense of loss, of possessing a feeling of being displaced apart from being overcome bya sense of nostalgia. However, though she yearns for her lost home in India, yet we find that she evolves and changes and learns to accept life in the foreign land, America.



alien, home, diaspora, uprooted, sense of loss, memory, acculturate and displaced.


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